Please contact the admissions team at if you have questions regarding the completion of application and admission requirements in light of any issues posed by COVID-19.

Des Moines University participates in the web-based Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) offered as a service of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

Note: If you are an international student, please refer to our international student information pages.

  • Submit an online application from CASPA no later than December 1 prior to the year you anticipate entering the program.
  • Send all transcripts and letters of recommendation to CASPA.
  • Send GRE scores to CASPA (DMU’s code for CASPA is 0447).
  • Because of our rolling admissions schedule, those who apply early in the admissions cycle are more likely to be interviewed than those who apply later.

Interview assessments are required for admission to the PA program. Currently, the interview is a competency-based, holistic, asynchronous assessment. At this time, there are no in-person interviews due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Please note: First-time entering students may apply to only one Des Moines University clinical program at a time (includes D.O., D.P.M., PA and D.P.T.). Multiple applications will not be accepted or processed.

Accommodations in Education Policy

The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the Accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming.

View the Accommodations in Education Policy

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